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Donald O'Connor (1925–2003)

Born into a vaudeville family, O'Connor was the youthful figure cutting a rug in several Universal musicals of the 1940s. His best-known musical work is probably Singin' in the Rain (1952), in which he did an impressive dance that culminated in a series of backflips off the wall. O'Connor was also effective in comedic lead roles, particularly as ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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 1997 Out to Sea
Jonathan Devereaux
 1996 The Nanny (TV Series)
- Freida Needa Man (1996) ... Fred
 1996 Frasier (TV Series)
Harlow Safford
- Crane vs. Crane (1996) ... Harlow Safford
 1994 Bandit: Bandit's Silver Angel (TV Movie)
Uncle Cyrus
 1993 The Building (TV Series)
Bonnie's Father
- Father Knows Best (1993) ... Bonnie's Father
 1992 Tales from the Crypt (TV Series)
Joseph Renfield
- Strung Along (1992) ... Joseph Renfield
 1990 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Barry Barnes
- The Big Show of 1965 (1990) ... Barry Barnes
 1987 A Time to Remember
Father Walsh
 1987 A Mouse, a Mystery and Me (TV Movie)
Alex the Mouse (voice)
 1987 Highway to Heaven (TV Series)
Jackie Clark
- Playing for Keeps (1987) ... Jackie Clark
 1981-1986 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Leo Halbert / Howard Enicker / Oscar Tilton
- Paying the Piper/Baby Sister/Help Wanted (1984) ... Howard Enicker
 1983 Hotel (TV Series)
David Connelly
- The Offer (1983) ... David Connelly
 1983 Simon & Simon (TV Series)
George Decova / Barnaby the Great
- Grand Illusion (1983) ... George Decova / Barnaby the Great
 1982 Pandemonium
Glenn's Dad
 1982 The Littlest Hobo (TV Series)
Freddie the Clown
- The Clown (1982) ... Freddie the Clown
 1981 Alice (TV Series)
Donald O'Connor
- Guinness on Tap (1981) ... Donald O'Connor
 1978 The Big Fix
Francis Joins the Navy
 1977 Hunter (TV Series)
 1976 Police Story (TV Series)
Holly Connor
- Payment Deferred (1976) ... Holly Connor
 1976 The Bionic Woman (TV Series)
Harry Anderson
- A Thing of the Past (1976) ... Harry Anderson
 1975 Ellery Queen (TV Series)
Kenny Freeman
- The Adventure of the Comic Book Crusader (1975) ... Kenny Freeman
 1971 Li'l Abner (TV Movie)
General Bullmoose
 1969 The Jackie Gleason Show (TV Series)
Charlie Ryan / Charlie Pineapple
- The Honeymooners: Hawaii, Oh! Oh! (1969) ... Charlie Ryan / Charlie Pineapple
 1968 The Donald O'Connor Show (TV Series)
 1966 ABC Stage 67 (TV Series)
- Olympus 7-0000 (1966) ... Hermes
 1966 Vacation Playhouse (TV Series)
Donald Dugan
- The Hoofer (1966) ... Donald Dugan
 1966 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
Benjamin Boggs
- Brilliant Benjamin Boggs (1966) ... Benjamin Boggs
 1965 That Funny Feeling
Harvey Granson
 1961 Cry for Happy
Murray Prince
 1957 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Dr. Robert Harrison
- The Jet-Propelled Couch (1957) ... Dr. Robert Harrison
 1956 Anything Goes
Ted Adams
 1955 Francis in the Navy
Lt. Peter Stirling / Bosun's Mate Slicker Donovan
 1953 Walking My Baby Back Home
Clarence 'Jigger' Millard
 1953 Call Me Madam
Kenneth Gibson
 1951 Double Crossbones
Davey Crandall
 1949 Yes Sir, That's My Baby
William Waldo Winfield
 1948 Feudin', Fussin' and A-Fightin'
Wilbur McMurty
 1947 Something in the Wind
Charlie Read
 1945 Patrick the Great
Pat Donahue Jr.
 1944 Bowery to Broadway
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 1944 The Merry Monahans
Jimmy Monahan
 1944 Follow the Boys
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 1944 Chip Off the Old Block
Donald Corrigan
 1943 Top Man
Don Warren
 1943 It Comes Up Love
Ricky Ives
 1942 When Johnny Comes Marching Home
Frankie Flanagan
 1942 Get Hep to Love
Jimmy Arnold
 1942 Give Out, Sisters
 1942 Private Buckaroo
 1939 On Your Toes
Phil Jr. as a Boy
 1939 Death of a Champion
Small Fry
 1939 Night Work
Butch Smiley, the Orphan
 1939 Million Dollar Legs
Sticky Boone
 1939 Unmarried
Ted Streaver (age 12)
 1939 Boy Trouble
 1938 Sons of the Legion
Butch Baker
 1938 Sing, You Sinners
Mike Beebe
 1938 Men with Wings
Pat Falconer at Age 10
 1937 It Can't Last Forever
Kid Dancer (uncredited)
 1937 Melody for Two
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Stage Play: Show Boat. Musical/drama (revival). Written by Oscar Hammerstein II. Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Based on the novel "Show Boat" by Edna Ferber. Musical Director: John DeMain. Lyric for "Bill" by P.G. Wodehouse. Choreographed by Dorothy Danner. Directed by Michael Kahn (II). Uris Theatre: 24 Apr 1983- 26 Jun 1983 (73 ... See more »

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5' 7" (1.7 m)

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In a brief statement, the family said that among O'Connor's last words was the following quip: "I'd like to thank the Academy for my lifetime achievement award that I will eventually get." See more »


In 1994, he and his wife, Gloria Noble, had a close brush with death. It was about four in the morning and he had just finished reading something in bed. All at once, the house started to shake (earthquake). The house started sliding off its foundation. Luckily, the house wedged up against a big tree and that kept it from crashing into a canyon. See more »


His ability to do somersault against walls during a musical number in films

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